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autism link to fair-complexion boys?

My son has red hair, light skin, and brown eyes.

I know kids of all colors who are on the spectrum.  I also know that studies were done to try to pinpoint some of this.  I believe there was a study done in California many years ago that found only one commonality among families with kids on the spectrum.  And that was that they had a somewhat higher income than average.  Of course, having money cannot be the reason for an impairment, so they went back and took apart the stats.  What they discovered is that there seems to be a connection between the family having lots of people who are in the sciences or in music.  Of course, many of these people in the sciences were doctors, physicists, engineers, etc. and these people tend to make more money than average.  That's how they discovered that there seems to be a connection between scientific or musical talent running in the family and autism. 

But fair skin, blond hair and blue eyes?  No.  Of course, my son has fair skin, blond hair and blue eyes. 

I have noticed that many boys with autism/PDD that I have seen seem to have fair complexions, often with blond or light brown hair and blue eyes.  Has anyone else noticed that?  I was just wondering if there have been any studies done on a possible link, or if anyone has ever come across that in reading info about autism/PDD.  I wonder if there are statistics on the occurence of ASD in various ethnicities.  I know it has a much higher rate in boys in general, but was just curious about this.

 

 

I don't think there is a link or trend related to any particular ethnicity.
I was curious about this since my son is of mixed race, but it seems
like there is no link. There are many asians in the area that I live in
with ASD kids and they are not fair skinned blue eyed. My own son
is a mix of asian and caucasian, and does have light brown hair and
gray eyes.

 

Parkers mom38852.4419791667

I was told when my son was born that he has PKU  (you find this out durring the new born screening) and that most PKU kids have blue eyes and blond hair . This has to do with thier inablity to use protiens properly and it somehow effects their pigment....but my son is fair skinned with dark brown hair and brown eyes. 

I agree that angelic MUST be a predisposition!! I am always calling Parker "Angel". His 3yr old sister calls him "angel" also. It is tooo cute! She will say "mom...theres your angel!" or "awwww angel...it's okay"

I agree with Julie...Every child I have seen on here,is very easy on the eyes!!!

My son is Mexican, Russian, Italian and Swedish. He is on the dark side so I would say no. Also I believe that china has the highest rate of autism

.I'm not sure if ethnicity has anything to do with Autism. Autism affects everyone with all races. My boys are biracial. I am french canadian but I was born in America and their father is black.

Ryan is mostly Italian with a little Irish in him. He has a darker complexion with brown hair, and BIG eyes.

I have seen alot of children on the spectrum with similiar eyes.

Thanks for the replies.  It's interesting what several of you said about autistic children being attractive.  I agree!  They are very angelic looking.  That's a good way of putting it.  The comment about facial symmetry is also interesting.  My son has very symmetrical features, and happens to have blond hair, fair skin, and blue eyes (I have almost black hair and my husband has red hair, so go figure!  Actually, blond hair does run in my family, and my siblings and I had light hair that turned dark as we got older.  My son's may do the same.)  Mommyja, your children are absolutely beautiful!

[QUOTE=tzoya]I have also heard that children with autism tend to be more beautiful than average, with beautiful meaning features that are more symmetrical.  The fact is, I have yet to meet a homely child with autism.  My experience over the years has confirmed that ASD kids seem to be quite attractive.  Just look at some of the pix posted!  And, yes, fair could be fair in the sense of pretty (ie, "a fair maiden")[/QUOTE]

I agree. Every child with ASD I have seen on here is beautiful.

 My kids are all fair complected like me! We are the milky white people!!! I dont think that there is a link here-almost all of the ASD kids that I know are either african american or dark complected! I think the link is not one single thing is a whole combo of genes! Good Luck with the search!My little boy is blonde and blue eyed.  I have never heard this although I believe I did read something one time that said most are attractive.  Of course I can't imagine what this could have to do with it, although I know my child is attractive and aren't all children attractive anyway!!!!  Maybe I misunderstood what I read.

[quote=searchingmom] I have never heard this although I believe I did read something one time that said most are attractive.[/quote]

I've read a similiar topic as you. Maybe by "fair complexion" there might be a similarity of "healthy skin" (for lack of a better term) instead of fair meaning light or caucasian. I think the information I read also commented on symmetry of facial features (this has also been linked to physical beauty / attraction). I don't mean symmetry between different kids, I mean symmetry of an individual childs facial features.

I've heard a lot of people use the word "angelic" to describe the appearance of kids with autism.

 

I have also heard that children with autism tend to be more beautiful than average, with beautiful meaning features that are more symmetrical.  The fact is, I have yet to meet a homely child with autism.  My experience over the years has confirmed that ASD kids seem to be quite attractive.  Just look at some of the pix posted!  And, yes, fair could be fair in the sense of pretty (ie, "a fair maiden")heck that must be somewhat true because most of us post our childrens pictures on here and I must admit We do have some BEAUTIFUL children!!!!!One of my friends told me the same thing about AI kids being beautiful, and having large eyes. I think its great!
 

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